[Free eBook] Rinzler by Raya Jones [Science Fiction Murder Mystery Technothriller]

Rinzler: A Noir Sci-Fi Thriller by Welsh author Raya Jones, a Reader in Social Studies at the University of Cardiff, is her standalone science fiction thriller with strong mystery/crime elements done in a noir style, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is one of their original publications from a newer author, who is also currently doing scholarly research into studying social robotics in the context of psychology, according to her bio-blurb.

The story takes place in a future post-apocalyptic world which uses androids, starring the titular freelance PI looking into the murder of a clerk working for a corporation which may or may not have assassinated her, and finding his investigation landing him in the midst of a potential conflict between artificial intelligence and humanity.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Island of Shadows by Peter Tremayne [Irish Mythological Fantasy]

Island of Shadows by British author Peter Tremayne, perhaps best known as the author of the popular Sister Fidelma historical mystery series, is his standalone mythological historical fantasy novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1991 by Mandarin. The story is set in ancient Ireland, and loosely based upon a portion of the Ulster Cycle of classic Irish mythology.

This tells a tale about the early life of Scottish warrior woman Scáthach, who was teacher to the Irish hero Cú Chulainn, as she journeys to discover her mysterious past and also obtain revenge, after the adoptive father who raised her from a foundling babe is murdered by distinctively-marked strangers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Dark Constellation by Alex Random [Science Fiction Adventure Thriller]

Dark Constellation by Alex Random, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage standalone science fiction space opera adventure thriller, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1975 by Robert Hale as part of their Hale SF line. The story takes place in the midst of a war between Earth and reptilian alien invaders, starring a spaceship crew on a secret mission to destroy the alien home planet, which might not make it there as mysterious happenings befall them on the way, leading to strange behaviour and sabotage and possible doom.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Operation Omina by Roland Starr [Science Fiction Thriller]

Operation Omina by Roland Starr, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is the 1st novel in his Omina quartet of science fiction space adventures, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1970 by Lenox Hill Press.

The quartet is centred around a distant planet named Omina.This installment has suspense elements, and stars a spaceship crew headed there on a long-term mission, which discovers something startling in its staffing which may lead to terrible problems which prevent them from reaching it.

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[Free eBook] Second Chances by Minna Howard [Contemporary Literary Fiction with Romance]

Second Chances by London-resident British author Minna Howard is her standalone contemporary/women’s fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2004 by Robert Hale under the title The Orchid Lover using the pseudonym Mary De Laszlo.

The story is a personal drama, starring a woman deserted by her husband in the throes of a mid-life crisis, trying various things to pick up the pieces and move on even as events seem to thwart her by putting obstacles in her way, and winding up disputing the ownership of her new house with the next-door neighbour, leading them to become increasingly involved with each other

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[Free eBook] A House to Mend a Broken Heart by Alison Sherlock [Cozy Contemporary Fiction with Romance]

A House to Mend a Broken Heart by Surrey-resident author Alison Sherlock is the 1st novel in her Welcome to Willow Tree Hall series of heartwarming contemporary literary/women’s fiction novels with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

The series is set an an ancestral aristocratic stately home in England, which is in need of restoration, and centres around the lives and loves of the people involved with that. This installment begins the renovation, as after the elderly Earl suffers an accident, the new housekeeper and the reluctant heir begin the project to help give the place a more sustainable future.

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[Free eBook] It Was Always You by Georgie Capron [Contemporary Travel Fiction with Romance]

It Was Always You by London-resident author Georgie Capron is her standalone contemporary literary/women’s fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

The story takes place in Positano, Italy, starring a woman who travels there on the obligatory journey of self-discovery for a bit of fun before settling down, and in the course of her experiences working at a local hostel and enjoying the local surroundings, finds herself contrasting the hot summer fling with the man she left back home.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Accused by Mark Toscano [Italian Mystery/Crime Thriller]

Accused by Mark Toscano, a pseudonym for Italian author Salvo Toscano is the 3rd novel in his Corsaro Brothers series of mystery/crime thrillers, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2015 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Insoliti sospetti, and is translated by Marco Condorelli. The series is set in modern-day Italy, centred around two brothers, who are a crime reporter and a criminal lawyer, respectively, and is very popular in its original country, said to have a literary noir flavour with many Italian cultural references.

This adventure takes place in Sicily, and sees the reporter brother finding dead a wrongfully imprisoned man he was intending to interview and is himself accused of the murder, which his criminal lawyer brother and a policeman must clear him of, by delving into the victim’s past, which puts them on the dangerous trail of a prominent man’s secrets.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Humor by Stefan Kjerkegaard [Danish Academic Cultural Studies Essay]

Humor (Humour) by Stefan Kjerkegaard, an associate professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, is the is the 52nd in the in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This semi-philosophical cultural essay focuses on the topic of the purposes and benefits of humour in our daily lives and wellbeing and surrounding society, beyond just joking around.

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[Free eBook] Prince Ivan by Peter Morwood [Russian Folklore Historical Fantasy]

Prince Ivan by Irish author Peter Morwood is the 1st novel in his Tales of Old Russia trilogy of historical adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Arrow’s Legend imprint. The series is set in a fantasy version of historical Russia sometime during the 13th or 14th centuries, starring the popular folkloric hero Ivan Tsarevich, and draws upon Russian folklore and mythology.

This story begins titular mythical prince’s adventures as he is ready to come of age, when an encroaching magical force leads him to undertake a journey to find his own path, eventually putting him into conflict with the malevolent Koshchey the Undying.

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